Worldwide Caution Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 22, 2003
This supersedes the Worldwide Caution dated March 19, 2003. It is being
issued to remind U.S. citizens of the continuing threat of terrorist actions
that may target civilians and of the need to remain vigilant. The U.S.
Government remains deeply concerned about the security of U.S. citizens
overseas. U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a high level of
vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security
awareness. This Worldwide Caution expires on September 20, 2003.
Tensions remaining from the recent events in Iraq may increase the potential
threat to U.S. citizens and interests abroad, including by terrorist groups.
Terrorist actions may include, but are not limited to, suicide operations,
bombings or kidnappings. Possible threats include conventional weapons such
as explosive devices or non-conventional weapons, including chemical or
biological agents. Terrorists do not distinguish between official and
civilian targets. These may include facilities where American citizens and
other foreigners congregate or visit, such as residential areas, clubs,
restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels, outdoor recreation events
or resorts and beaches. If such facilities cannot be avoided, U.S. citizens
should increase their security awareness at such locations
U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert.
These facilities may temporarily close or suspend public services from time
to time for security reasons. In those instances, U.S. embassies and
consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S.
citizens. Americans are urged to monitor the local news and maintain
contact with the nearest American embassy or consulate.
As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security
threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information
through its Consular Information Program documents, available on the
Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the
Internet, U.S. travelers can get up-to-date information on security
conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 in the U.S. and outside the U.S. and
Canada on a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328.